Re: virus: The Greeks would be Geeks
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 11:30:58 -0600 (CST)

On Sat, 22 Feb 1997, Tim Rhodes wrote:

> On Fri, 21 Feb 1997, Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:
> > It is very easy and dangerous to switch to the "follow" mode. When I was
> > writing my recent post about Level-3, I went back to find when it all
> > started and I was amazed with how serious my thoughts were then in May 1996,
> > and how manipulative Richard was.
> Do you think there is a relation between your seriousness and how
> manipulative Richard was /able/ to be? Although that conversation was
> before my time, I suspect that Richard was fucking with you to SHOW YOU
> how easy it is to manipulate someone that is as serious as you were. The
> value of irrationality is that it is a very lumbersome beast to try and
> turn, and seldom takes the rein easily.
> Which Lesson is this (I think it should usurp #1 for it's throne):
> If you take yourself or anything else too seriously you open yourself up
> for manipulation.
> Prof. Tim

I hadn't considered this angle explicitly.

Tim: Do you mean someone who is locked into one worldview could be
psychologically described as one *huge* pushbutton, with relatively
little apparent freewill [regardless of whether freewill is illusory or

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd